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Sensational night at the Melbourne Cricket Club for the annual Cerebral Palsy Education Centre Gala. CPEC do an amazing job supporting children cut down with this debilitating disease. All of the kids that I’ve met who go through their centre are an absolute inspiration.

1 in 700 babies (one every 15 hours) are diagnosed with Celebral Palsy. It doesn’t discriminate and can happen to anyone. Even with the NDIS, we simply don’t provide enough Government support to these families, so it’s always great to come together at these fundraisers and donate.

I was extremely proud that the three City of Monash Councillors in attendance, myself, Cr Shane McCluskey and Cr Paul Klisaris all chipped in to donate a second skin to help a child control their body.

You won’t find a more worthy cause to donate to. If you can spare a few dollars, visit https://cpec.org.au/donate-support/donate/
Great atmosphere down at the Oakleigh District Football Netball Club for the past players and sponsors day. Those grey clouds look ominous, but the sun’s shining bright
Amazed to run in to the 2019 Stawell Gift winner, Dhruv Chico, at the 20 year reunion for the Oakleigh Krushers 1999 Premiership team!
Had a great morning at the Cook Islands Awards and 10th year Anniversary down in Clayton with former City of Monash Councillor Nga Hosking

Celebrating culture and passing on traditions to younger generations is an important part of multiculturalism in our great city

The kids also enjoyed dancing to the traditional music 😝
It’s a sad day today. My good friends Andrew and Amran from Cafe Du Coin have decided to move on to bigger and better things. The legacy they leave is an old run down building turned in to a thriving cafe on the corner of Atherton and Dandenong Roads

I’m going to miss them 😥

Cafe Spacho will be coming soon....
We’re at Clayton Station until 12:30pm today gathering feedback from local residents. If you’re in the area, pop down and say hello!
We are calling on the State Government to intervene in the homelessness crisis which is gripping our municipality and our State.

In the meantime, here is how you can help....
Meet Jill and Janice. They’ve been volunteering their time to serve the City of Monash Community for 41 years. To put that in perspective, that’s longer than I’ve been alive. Wow!!

These are the unsung heroes of our Community. It was a pleasure to spend an afternoon honouring their service.
Talking Transport with Raf Epstein in my capacity as Commuters Count Chair

Missed it? Listen in here: http://chirb.it/5Asnxy
Happy Mother’s Day to this extraordinary woman; the glue that holds our family together. I couldn’t do what I do without her unwavering and unconditional support. Her love for our beautiful children knows no bounds. We are indeed very lucky people 😍
Nothing quite like an open place fireplace on a cold Autumn’s day
Introducing our incredibly passionate Monash Young Persons Reference Group including our newest inductees. I’m so incredibly proud of what this group has achieved in securing commitments for a headspace in the City of Monash. Excited to see where they take us next.

What were you doing at age 18?
Today is the start of Road Safety Week. Vehicles are deadly weapons; one split second decision can destroy so many lives, including your own.

Slowing down won’t kill you.

Safer Australian Roads and Highways (The Sarah Group.Org) City of Monash
Another great Oakleigh South Primary School fete yesterday. The rain was a tad annoying, but we still managed to negotiate our way on to most of the rides, listen to some amazing piano solos and of course fill ourselves up with honey crackles and ice cream. I was pretty happy to nab sponsorship of the fairy floss stand again - yuuuuuum 😎😍
Despite the on again off again rain, we had an awesome time this morning tree planting along Scotchman’s Creek as part of the City of Monash Skink Link project. Zoe didn’t really get it, but she was happy enough to put the left over containers together 😂🤣
Everyone knows I love my food. I was so excited to come across the brand new Corner Table in Pinewood on my way to meetings at Council this morning. Amazing coffee to go with a delicious bacon and egg roll. It’s got a brilliant ambience, come down and check it out.
My baby girl isn’t such a baby girl anymore; 4 years old. ‪Moments like these put life in to perspective and give a real purpose to everything I do. Time moves too quickly for my liking

Special thanks to True Fairies for making it such a special day for our beautiful little princess
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them

#LestWeForget #Oakleigh Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL
Easter! A perfect time for a family bike ride to the park. We’re so lucky to have the beauty and serenity of Scotchman’s Creek Trail in our backyard. I hope you all had an enjoyable break with your families.
Today is one of my least favourite days of the year; it’s the last day for Hot Cross Buns. And so begins the count down - 248 days until they’re back 😢
The fish tank is complete! 🐠 

It’s been sitting in the garage for a few years and the kids begged me to bring it to life. Amazing how much joy children get from the simplest things. Squeals of delight watching fish swim around 🥰🐟
Citizenship Ceremony #3 for 2019; still one of my favourite events on the calendar.

It’s such a privilege to share in one of the most amazing experiences in these people’s lives. It’s always a great reminder to me of how privileged I am to have been born in the greatest country on earth 🇦🇺
Great afternoon at the Players Theatre Company’s performance of Madagascar. I love nothing more than watching teenagers putting together a production, the passion is contagious. I minored in Theatre at Uni, and I must say I miss it.

Their final production is on tomorrow at South Oakleigh Secondary College. Well worth the visit if you’re looking for something to do.
Here’s another crucial community service that the City of Monash provide - Immunisation. April’s just had her last one

Just as well Victoria Councils worry about more than just Roads, Rates and Rubbish!
There’s a very simple reason the loud minority won’t win; there are more people that try to unite us than try to divide us.

Honoured to be part of the inaugural Monash Interfaith Gathering celebrating diversity and inclusion. We are stronger together.
Awesome morning down at the wetlands learning about birds, frogs and water bugs. Thanks to the City of Monash Sustainability team and Melbourne Water!
Sometimes when you’re wandering the streets, you come across a little gem you’d never noticed before. This happened to me the other night with Mykonos Restaurant Bar in Portman Street Oakleigh

A beautiful little restaurant that opens in to a beautiful, warm and inviting area out the back. I was getting take away on this occasion (the chicken meat was to die for!!) but I’ll be back to enjoy the dine-in ambience! #SupportLocal
As politicians we cop a lot of criticism and many decisions are hard to make, but these are the moments that make it all worthwhile. We often take our citizenships for granted, but for these people it was one of their proudest moments. I loved sharing it with them.
Great day at Monash University celebrating Holi. Well done to Sankat Mochan Samiti for another amazing event, it’s always one of my favourite in the calendar. If you haven’t been before, look out for it next March. Make sure you wear a white T-Shirt and be prepared to dance the day away!
χαρούμενη μέρα ανεξαρτησίας

Happy Greek Independence Day (March 25)
‪Today was one of the proudest moments for me at the City of Monash. I became the first Councillor ever to take out the weekly Engineering Carpet Bowls competition. I am now seriously considering retirement from bowls.
Happy Holi to all those in our community who are celebrating the festival of colours. In a period where this country is hurting, it’s a fabulous time to reassess what’s important in life; family, friends and happiness!
Forget what you’ve read or heard, experience the love and kindness of the Muslim Community at various Mosque Open Day’s around the State today.

The Islamic Society of Monash are opening their doors at 16 Beddoe Avenue Clayton until 3pm.

Hundreds of people have already been through, leaving flowers and well wishes. This is the real Australia; we are stronger united and stand as one against hatred, bigotry and division.

ICV - Islamic Council of Victoria Monash University Islamic Society
Today is Victorian Mosque Open Day. The Islamic Society of Monash is having theirs at 16 Beddoe Avenue Clayton, from 11am.

Join me at the mosque in standing as one against hatred, bigotry and division. We are stronger united.
‪City of Monash is rocking #Oakleigh. Come on down to Warrawee Park and enjoy a free rock concert. The weather’s perfect for it.‬

With Mayor Cr Shane McCluskey
‪The first set is almost over. Why aren’t you at Warrawee Park Oakleigh yet?‬

‪City of Monash #ThisIsMonash #LiveAtWarrawee‬
Terrific round table conversation with Fiona Patten MP discussing the various transport issues facing Melbourne.

We talked about a large variety of issues including accessibility, frequency and reliability. Buses was a hot topic, as it always is, but we also touched on the Suburban Rail Loop, Tram extensions and future planning.

It’s great to see our politicians taking Transport so seriously and keen to put the topic front and centre.
I’m happy to announce that the Oakleigh Recreation Centre Dive Pool has been reopened following the training of staff to equip them in the unlikely event of a deep water rescue.
 
The dive pool will continue to open on days warmer than 26 degrees for the remainder of the season and into the foreseeable future.

The dive pool has been a valued part of the centre for decades - can’t wait to have a go!
Autumn time in #Oakleigh 🍂😍
Awesome afternoon at the annual Cerebral Palsy Education Centre charity golf day, despite the ridiculous heat

With Cr Shane McCluskey & Lynnette4glenwaverley
Many haven’t seen the inside of the beautiful old Oakleigh Council Chambers. Here’s a sneak peak. If you’d like to have a look for yourself, let me know - it’s your building.
Back at the ever reliable Cote Terra. Everyone knows it’s hard to find better coffee in Melbourne, but their ham and cheese toasties are very underrated. Pop down and see for yourself.

#Oakleigh #SupportLocal #Cafe
Wednesday’s are $20 Parma night at The Italian Corner in Oakleigh. And when you’ve got a Mexican themed flavour with chorizo, and a view like this, where else would you rather be?

#Oakleigh #SupportLocal #EatonMall
‪It’s not too late to pop on down to the Clayton Festival in Cooke Street. The Hawkers market is going through to 8pm. I can highly recommend the BBQ Corn 🌽 😋 ‬
Awesome day at the Clayton Festival; so much to see and do. It’s on until 6pm and then the Hawker’s Market continues until 8pm. Don’t forget to slip slop slap, it’s pretty warm out there

With Cr Shane McCluskey Meng Heang Tak MP and Steve Dimopoulos MP
Crowds are building at the annual Clayton Festival. Pop on down to the Community Centre area anytime until until 6pm, with an evening Hawker’s Market from 6-8pm
Productive afternoon at Parliament House for Commuters Count, where we discussed Transport priorities in Melbourne’s East.

We’re excited about what’s around the corner!

Pictured here with Transport Minister Melissa Horne MP, Shaun Leane MP and newly elected MPs Jackson Taylor MP Paul Hamer MP Will Fowles MP Matt Fregon MP Dustin Halse MP and Sonja Terpstra MP
Chinese New Year celebrations in Glen Waverley on the weekend

With Meng Heang Tak MP Clare O'Neil MP Cr Shane McCluskey Matt Fregon MP Cr Robert Davies Neil Angus MP
‪Eaton Mall at 5:30pm on a Sunday. Wow. What an awesome part of the world we live in‬!

‪#Oakleigh #ThisIsMonash‬ #EatonMall
Chinese New Year Celebrations in Glen Waverley. Sensational festival as it is every year. Big day - I’m ready for an afternoon nap 😴
Congratulations to Monash Vale Early Learning Centre on their 25th anniversary. If you’ve never been to the centre before, it’s worth checking out. Brilliant facilities and the owners live next door, redefining the word “local”. I wish I’d found out about this place sooner.
**** UPDATE: TREES IN ATHERTON ROAD ****

I’ve had a number of queries regarding the removal of trees along Atherton Road through the shopping strip, so I thought it best to provide a general update.

In 2014, my wife and I went to a Council listening post in Warrawee Park to talk to then Councillors about planting Plane Trees all the way down the residential section of Atherton Road. It was this meeting that sparked my interest in running for Council in the first place. I grew up around Plane Trees and think they’re one of the most beautiful species that provide a magnificent boulevard once fully grown.

Once Council dug up the road to redo the drainage systems in Atherton Road, it was discovered that the root systems had become a lot more invasive than we had assumed. If we had made a decision to cut these root systems back to the level required to protect infrastructure, it would have resulted in the trees themselves dying, or their structures compromised to the point where they would become unsafe.

Originally the plan was to remove all of the trees in Atherton Road, but after some intense lobbying we have been able to keep a fair few of those originally slated for removal. Unfortunately, there was no way to safely keep the ones that have now been removed.

New mature trees of around 5m (the largest we can source) will be planted in late April to replace those that have been removed. These trees will grow to a similar size of the existing trees and pruned each year to ensure that a boulevard canopy is recreated. We will also install root protection barriers to ensure infrastructure under the roads is not comprised. Overall we will see a net gain of around 18 trees between the fire station and Warrigal Road.

I am as passionate about the canopy trees in Atherton Road as anybody, and live within walking distance of the shopping precinct. Rest assured that battles have been fought, and won, and the result will be a vast improvement, even if it does look a little bare in the interim. I look forward to providing a further update in early May once all the new trees are in place.

Finally, it’s great to see that so many people are passionate about this issue and our local area. If any of you would like more detail on the project, or locations of the additional trees, please email me at stuart.james@monash.vic.gov.au and I’ll happily send it through.
‪Fantastic Transport Forum Executive briefing with former transport planner and newly elected MP for Box Hill, Paul Hamer MP

We have a lot of common priorities and are looking forward to working with someone so passionate over the next four years‬
Which tank gets filled first?
Can’t think of a better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Summer than building new shelves for the garage. Lucky I had a great helper to get the job done
This is how my Friday night went after a long week at work. April’s been waiting two weeks for the courier company to find the final boxes, but all’s well that ends well. #daddyslife
‪Ten years ago today was the hottest day I can remember living through. I didn’t have air con at the time & remember bunkering up at home wearing not much. However nothing could compare‬ to the devastation that was unfolding on the Victorian community.

My thoughts go out to all those recounting the devastation and loss of loved ones on that day. Today, more than ever, we stand as one!
Community meeting tonight followed by a simply amazing Mexican Parma at The Italian Corner Oakleigh; only $20 on Wednesday’s!!

#supportlocal
Happy Chinese New Year - the year of the Pig.

Translated : May you attain greater wealth.
We’re back at the Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre for another term of swimming lessons. Where else would you rather be on a stinking hot day?

#ThisIsMonash #LocalPool #SummerDays
Ripper. After five years, our Blood Plum tree is finally baring fruit. And they taste amazing 😍
From welcoming new citizens, to snags on the barbie in the park, to Gumbuya World. How did your day pan out?

#AustraliaDay2019 #ThisIsMonash
There’s a lot of great Asian restaurants around, but if you’re looking for a contemporary take, Modu in Clayton is a great option

Take the “fried milky dough” as an example (bottom left). It’s basically a fried doughnut with a bowl of sweetened condensed milk. Everyone remembers stealing Mum’s stash from the fridge as kids. Yuuuuuuuuuum
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA), Committee winding down after a solid ten hour day of strategic planning. Another full day to come tomorrow before the hard work of implementation begins. Loving the amount of passion on display‬
Seems the leftovers from Just Italy are just as popular as the first time around. What a mess!

#SupportLocal #Oakleigh #OakleighEast
Had a terrific night at the local Cricket Club last night with family and friends. Everyone loves a trivia night, and the Clayton District Cricket Club do it so well. One of the best I’ve been to; laid back, relaxed and some great people

You don’t have to play sport to get involved in our terrific local sporting clubs. There’s plenty to choose from as well. Be part of something bigger!

#SupportLocal #Clayton #TriviaNight
Everyone knows that Just Italy has the best hot chocolates in Oakleigh but did you know they’ve opened a second restaurant in Dandenong Road Oakleigh East? We popped in there for a quick meal last night and weren’t disappointed. Sam also owns the Golf Shop next door. Two birds, one stone.

#Supportlocal #Oakleigh #OakleighEast
The covers are on in Sydney and it’s a cracking Sunday afternoon; perfect time for some gardening or home maintenance. Pop down to Bunnings in Centre Rd South Oakleigh, grab yourself a few sausages and support the Clayton Football & Netball Club

#SupportLocal #Clayton
I can highly recommend the egg & bacon brioche buns at Temperance Society. I’m only slightly addicted and managed to restrict myself to two today.

#Hughesdale #SupportLocal
When you can’t be bothered cooking on a Friday over the “holiday period”. Pretty happy I beat this queue to order, which is out the door. I waited more than half an hour as it was. Make sure you book ahead online!!

Oakleigh Fish 'N Chippery #SupportLocal
A while ago I had a terribly sore throat and runny nose (yes, the flu). It was driving me nuts so I popped in to Nature's Intentions (Botaniko) in Portman Street, Oakleigh. Within a day I was back to normal.

At this time of year, this might be just the shop you need to help recover from one too many red wines. 

It’s a lovely little shop with a beautiful ambience. Pop in, have a cup of tea and check it out

#Oakleigh #SupportLocal #PortmanSt
Merry Christmas everyone; hope you’re all having a brilliant day, just as we are.

Be safe out there and if you’re drinking, catch a cab; whatever it costs will be cheaper than your life.
Christmas Eve, a hot 33 degrees and the Oakleigh Pool; looks like we’re not the only cool kids on the block.

It’s been a busy year and next year is going to be just as busy. From my family to yours, have a terrific Christmas and New Year period.

A special thanks to those of you working through the festive season, particularly our emergency services for keeping us all safe. Council services operate throughout the break as well, with bins collected on Christmas Day.

Oakleigh Recreation Centre City of Monash Victoria Police Ambulance Victoria MFB CFA Victoria State Emergency Service
Great night out celebrating Christmas early with the South East Volunteers at the Glen Waverley Bowls Club. We also acknowledged some massive milestones with volunteers receiving their 15, 17 and 20 year milestones. Astonishing.
Great afternoon at the Oakleigh District Christmas party. I absolutely love this club, so many genuinely passionate locals who are a lot of fun to be around. It’s like a second family.

Oakleigh District Football Netball Club
Excited to be one of the judges at the grand final of Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School Shark Tank. These kids are the future of our digital world - we’re in safe hands
We’re at Jells Park waiting for the City of Monash Carols by Candlelight to start. Looks like there are thousands here already. Are you on your way yet?
Another brilliant night out at #Oakleigh Carols in the Park. After being washed out last year it was great to by back in Warrawee Park on a balmy Melbourne evening. We even had a visit from Santa (not that I could get anywhere near him).

Well done to the Combined Churches of Oakleigh on another fantastic event - 13 years and still going strong.
Pop down to Inchmeal in #NottingHill this afternoon for the annual Christmas Market. There’s some beautiful handmade crafts and great gift ideas. It’s on until 4pm.

#SupportLocal
‪Brilliant evening at the Monash Business Awards hosted by Carman's Kitchen - a City of Monash local business in #Huntingdale.‬

‪I may have gone a little overboard on the purchases, but can you blame me?‬

Oh, and by the way, did you know their coffee is only $2.50? 🤤

‪#SupportLocal #ThisIsMonash‬
There’s a lot of disruption around Oakleigh and surrounds at the moment while we roll out our biggest asset renewal and pedestrian safety upgrades ever. We know it’s a busy time of the year and that disruptions are frustrating, but the better weather means we can get it over and done with sooner.

We appreciate your patience while we upgrade your city; City of Monash
It’s December 1 today, the sun is shining and Summer has arrived. Do you know what else today is? It’s the first day of the annual OC Connections Christmas Tree sale.

OC Connections have been providing services to people with an intellectual disability since 1950. They’re located on Warrigal Road just opposite the entrance to Chadstone.

Nothing beats coming home to the smell of a fresh Christmas Tree. Pop down, buy a tree and support this fantastic local organisation.

#Oakleigh #SupportLocal #Disabilities
Last week on my #DemocracyWalk to Amsleigh Park Primary I stumbled across this little hidden gem in Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh East. It might seem unassuming from the outside but the homemade Sri Lankan Cuisine at Aminoro Cafe is amazing and cooked with love. Pop in and check it out.
If there’s one thing we’re happy about at Commuters Count, it’s that residents in the Eastern Suburbs will no longer be taken for granted. We’re looking forward to working with returned MPs and new MPs alike to ensure the East gets their fair share of transport funding.

Shaun Leane Matt Fregon Will Fowles Paul Hamer Dustin Halse David Hodgett Neil Angus Jackson Taylor Kim Wells Nick Wakeling Steve Dimopoulos Dan Andrews Mary Wooldridge
I deliberately keep my politics out of my role as a Councillor, but today I’m making an exception. I was good friends with Steve Dimopoulos MP prior to him being elected and we’ve become even closer since.

Shortly after becoming a newly elected MP, decisions were made that were largely outside his control, with level crossing removals and taxi licenses. He copped a lot of anger, and rightly so, from affected residents but that didn’t deter him.

Over the past 18 months, the two of us have done 39 street walks / pop-up offices, walking more than 600km. Steve is the definition of a hard working local member who deeply cares about his constituents. The people of Oakleigh have restored my faith in our political system, appropriately rewarding his hard work and dedication.

I’m so proud of what Steve has achieved and equally as proud to call him my friend.
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